D.A. Wallach was one of the first few thousand people to use Facebook, and he’s been a social media pioneer for artists ever since. His band, Chester French, was discovered by Pharrell Williams and Kanye West while at Harvard University. Since then, the duo has taken off. Wallach has already toured with the likes of Lady Gaga, Blink 182, and Weezer. We caught up with him in his hometown of Milwaukee before he hopped on a plane for London to talk about how social media, and more specifically Spotify, is changing the game for musicians. In addition to making music, Wallach is also the official “Artist in Residence” at Spotify, a digital music service that allows music lovers to tap into their favorite music for free and then share it across social media platforms.
As an early adopter of Facebook, Wallach says that social media has been interesting to him because it gives bands a way to communicate directly with fans. Spotify, he says, takes that a step further and allows us “to communicate with our fans, specifically using the music that we make or listen to. For the fan or the listener on a service like Spotify, the social integration is an amazing part of the experience because it allows you to discover music through your friends instantly and to listen to that music.” As an advocate for the creative community, Wallach says that one reason why Spotify’s model is so compelling is that it balances “the interests of the consumer and the artist and the right’s holders that is sustainable.”
Why is Spotify any better than other subscription music services like Rdio or MOG? Wallach says that Spotify “is monetizing the listening that’s occurring over your music over its lifetime. Rather than get paid for just single download or album, you’re getting paid every time someone listens to your music.” Over time, Wallach believes that’s a better deal for artists. Wallach is still active on Facebook and has over 1 Million Twitter Followers. He’s using that social media currency to spread the word about Chester French, his own music, and his friends’ music.
Pusha T. – Body Work feat. Juicy J, Meek Mill & French Montana (11′)
Here is the official video to Gloria Estefan’s first single ‘Wepa’ off her new album ‘Little Miss Havana’ available at Target and iTunes and here is the back cover of the album thanks to borsboom.
Gloria Estefan – Miss Little Havana (2011)
01 – Miss Little Havana (Pharrell Williams)
02 – I Can’t Believe (Pharrell Williams)
03 – Heat (Pharrell Williams)
04 – Wepa (Pharrell Williams)
05 – Say Ay (Pharrell Williams)
06 – So Good (Pharrell Williams)
07 – Right Away (Pharrell Williams)
08 – Make Me Say Yes (Pharrell Williams)
09 – Time Is Ticking (Pharrell Williams)
10 – Hotel Nacional (Emilio Estefan)
11 – Make My Heart Go feat. El Catá (Emilio Estefan)
12 – On (Emilio Estefan) (Deluxe)
13 – Medicine (Emilio Estefan) (Deluxe)
14 – Let’s Get Loud (Emilio Estefan) (Deluxe)
15 – Wepa feat. Pitbull (DJ R3hab Remix) (Deluxe)
The Tanning Of America touches on a concept called “The Thinnest Slice,” which is defined as “a person, object, or concept that is so authentic that it becomes popular because of this authentic truth.” Pusha T, who grew up in Norfolk, Virginia and came into the game as part of the critically-acclaimed duo Clipse, is a perfect example of this. The talented lyricist is known for intricate wordplay that stays rooted in drug dealer sensibilities and following the hustler’s ethos.
However, through opportune circumstances such as growing up and working with The Neptunes, collaborating with Justin Timberlake, and most recently, signing with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music, he has managed to reach a huge audience without compromising his gritty lyrical content. Given the unique space he occupies in music, we thought he would be a great person to talk to about race, politics, and how hip-hop culture has changed in the past decade. Pusha also speaks on how being on songs with Justin Timberlake changed his audience, his love for tennis, and the significance of Kanye West’s “30 white bitches” reference on “So Appalled.”
TOA: Have you had a specific tanning moment in your own career?
P: Yeah, totally. And it was so much of a shock. I can remember specifically, The Knitting Factory in New York City. We had dropped We Got It 4 Cheap Volume 2, I think it was. We walked out to a sea of suburban white kids who had on everything I probably had on, or something close to it in terms of BAPE shoes, jeans, varsity jackets, and hoodies. It was totally a shock to me because, you have to remember, when I started off with records like “Grindin’,” I think I was in every black ghetto and performed for every black promoter in the United States for at least a year or nine months before the record even popped. These kids were not at my shows.
Music video by Alyssa Bernal performing Soaking Up The Sun, Pharrell cameo at 1:16-1:22. Don’t forget to cop ‘Soaking Up The Sun’ on iTunes!
DJ Drama – Everything That Glitters feat. Pusha T & French Montana
UK Singer & Songwriter Victoria Louise ‘Pixie’ Lott (20) is working on her second studio album ‘Young Foolish Happy’ slated for November 7th where she collaborated with Pusha T. on the tune ‘What Do You Take Me For’, check out the Radio Rip version below.
Pixie Lott – What Do You Take Me For feat. Pusha T. (Radio Rip) (11′)
Big Sean has revealed that Kanye West and Pharrell Williams helped transition him from making mixtapes into a proper artist. The ‘My Last‘ rapper was only accustomed to recording quick tracks for mixtapes before he dropped his debut LP Finally Famous earlier this year. Now, Sean has given props to the men who helped him transform into a professional recording artist. “Finally Famous, the album, was like me graduating,” he told Amaru Don TV.
“It took about a year’s time to make that project. No I.D., Kanye, Pharrell [all] really helped out. They helped me transition from being a mixtape artist to making a really good album. For mixtapes, you don’t gotta worry about making hit records. For an album, it’s gotta be more structured.” Big Sean is currently gearing up for his North American tour and the release of his next single ‘Lay It On Me,’ a collaboration with Kelly Rowland.
Check out those awesome tracks by Madlib remixing Q-Tip’s For The Nasty, Clipse’ Pussy and Kardinal Offishall’s Belly Dancer from his newest release ‘Madlib – Medicine Show No. 12 (Raw Medicine) (Madlib Remixes)’ its safe to say that Madlib is a fan on the Neptunes sound. Make sure to cop the whole thing on Amazon.com. Madlib Medicine Show is an ongoing series of albums and mixtapes by Madlib originally scheduled to be released monthly on his own imprint, Madlib Invazion throughout 2010 and into 2011.
Odd months present releases featuring Madlib’s production work while even months showcase DJ work and mixing skills. Originally planned to be only 12 albums and mixtapes, the Medicine Show Series can go well into higher numbers with a Show #13 slated for a November 2011 release. Rounding out the 12-part Madlib Medicine Show Series, Madlib flips the format with Raw Medicine: Madlib Remixes – part mixtape, part beat tape, featuring a host of un-suspecting collaborators that run the gamut from thugs, street poets, star emcees and underdogs. The show runs 60 minute with 30+ tracks.
Clipse – Pussy (Madlib Remix) (11′)
Kardinal Offishall – Belly Dancer (Madlib Remix) (11′)
Check out the new teaser of Alyssa Bernal’s new single titled ‘Soaking Up The Sun’ with cameo appearance by Pharrell, The video will premier on September 27th.
Robin Thicke has been putting in work on his upcoming album Love After War, which is set to feature collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Faith Evans, Usher and Maxwell. But according to ThisIsRNB.com, the blue-eyed crooner is also reuniting with Lil’ Wayne for the song “Pretty Little Heart,” which he previewed in a performance clip that can be viewed below.
Thicke and Weezy previously collaborated on the former’s 2006 release The Evolution Of Robin Thicke, which featured the duets “All Night Long” and “Shooter,” also included on 2005’s Tha Carter II. The pair also hopped on the same track on “Tie My Hands,” featured on Thicke’s Something Else and Wayne’s Tha Carter III. The falsetto singer also plans to release his first single next week, according to his Twitter account. “@Princess_InTrNg: If @RobinThicke doesn’t tell me when his new single comes out I’m gonna cry.”next week babe!”
Robin Thicke Previews New Song ‘Pretty Little Heart’
Robin Thicke – Love After War (2011) (November 15)
* All Tied Up
* I’m An Animal
* Pretty Little Heart feat. Lil’ Wayne
* Untitled (The Neptunes)
* Untitled feat. Usher & Maxwell
* Untitled feat. Faith Evans
T.I. just got out of prison and he’s already in the studio with Pharrell, probably for his eight studio album. The rapper-actor, born Clifford Harris, was released from a federal prison in Forrest City, Ark., early Wednesday and will be taken to a halfway house in Georgia to serve the remainder of his sentence for violating probation. Harris was originally set to be released at the end of September. “Feels great to be back where I belong…Back in the arms of those who need me the most,” the rapper tweeted upon his release. “The storm is over & da sun back out. IT’S OUR TIME TO SHINE SHAWTY!!!!! Welcome to the beginning of our Happy Ending!!!!”
T.I. was sentenced in October 2010 to 11 months in prison for violating his probation on federal weapons charges. The rapper and his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, were arrested a year ago on suspicion of drug possession after a traffic stop on the Sunset Strip right after a Neptunes Session they had. With T.I. facing a federal probation violation, local prosecutors did not pursue charges against him. Charges against Tiny were also dropped after she completed 24 sessions in a drug-diversion program.
“Here is an acoustic version of my next single, “Soaking Up The Sun“! It will be available for download on iTunes on Tuesday, 9/27 and the music video will be going viral that day as well! Don’t miss it!” – Lyss
In this second part interview with VIBE, Pharrell discussed and spoke very highly about Odd Future’s Frank Ocean. It’s no secret the two have been working together in the studio and have shared great synergy. Here’s a quote from Pharrell in the interview: “He’s super talented. To me he’s like the Black James Taylor. He’s lyrical—he’s got a great perspective and super sick melodies. I haven’t seen anybody bob and weave through chords with such catchy melodies in a long time—that’s why I liked working with him.” Thanks to TheSillyKidzz.
Frank Ocean & Pharrell Hit The Studio
New York’s LES is a place like no other — hustlers, immigrants, rabbis and rockers but amidst the melting pot, one man stands alone — LUIS GUZMAN. Let Luis Guzman take you around New York’s LES and show you the ropes. Meet his friends: – Mark Wahlberg, Q-Tip, Duck Sauce, Justin Bieber, Asher Roth, Pharrell Williams, The cast of “How To Make It In America” (Luis Guzman, Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Lake Bell, Javier Nunez), Melanie Diaz, Terry Richardson, Rahzel, the Godfather of Noyze, Pusha T. and many more.
Can’t get enough of Luis Guzman? Check out the Season 2 premiere of How To Make It In America, starting Sunday, Oct 2nd at 10:30pm only on HBO. For more How To Make It In America, visit http://itsh.bo/g6RRD9. Download the How To Make It In America Mixtape Vol 2 for free on Facebook. Order the first season on DVD or Blu-ray, thanks to Mike!
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